An Ickenham Tube worker raised
thousands with a Transport for London-themed cycle ride.
Dean Brown, an advanced train maintainer on
the District Line, wanted to raise money to help fund research for brain tumour cures after his friend and colleague was diagnosed.
Mr Brown said: “My colleague, Steve Lloyd, was
progressively getting ill so he had to be medically retired. I organised a collection for his leaving do and we raised £6,500.
“I thought: now we've raised money for him we
need to raise money for the charity, so I sat down and started thinking of ideas. I come up with a charity bike ride but making it a London theme, using the Boris bikes.
“I’ve known Steve for a number of years, he is
a top guy. I came up with the idea for this event as a way we could all show him and his family how much support they have and to raise as much as we could for this very worthy cause.”
The Transport for London colleagues
taking part on Santander Cycles chose the District Line, covering 74 miles and 61 stations, as this was 39-year-old Steve’s daily commute before he took retirement in January in order to spend
as much time as possible with his family.
Steve’s wife Angela joined the riders for the
last leg of the challenge. The couple have two daughters Bethany, 12, and Chloe, 10, and this summer they were given the news that Steve has just months to live. His aggressive glioblastoma
multiforme (GBM) brain tumour was first diagnosed in 2008.
Angela said: “We have been so touched by the
support and good wishes we have received. This event has turned out to be much bigger than we could have wished for and we would like to thank everyone who has made a donation to this very important
“We are determined to do all we can to continue
to raise awareness and to help raise more funds for research. I am so angry that this horrible cancer affects so many young people yet there is so little investment.
"Where are the cures, the breakthroughs, the
progress which could give us just a little precious time? Even if we can help just one person and their family it will be worthwhile.”
Mr Brown, who cycled in the event as well as
organising it, had hoped to raise enough money for a week's worth of research.
It costs £2,740 for the charity, Brain
Tumour Research, to research a cure for one day, so they'd hoped to hit the £10,000 mark.
Speaking on raising £20,000, Mr Brown said: “It
felt amazing! It still hasn't really sunk in. Our aim was £10,000 but to surpass that is just unbelievable.”
Mr Lloyd, who is a life-long West Ham fan,
waited at the finish line, at Tower Hill on Sunday August 23, was joined by full-back Carl Jenkinson to cheer the cyclists home.
Carl said: “I first met Steve and his beautiful
family at the game on Saturday. Since hearing his story I am determined to do all I can to support Brain Tumour Research and I feel privileged to be part of this great event.”
Funds are still coming in and £20,000 has
already been raised. The money will help to fund vital research at four Brain Tumour Research Centres of Excellence including one at Queen Mary University of London. Scientists there are
investigating how GBM brain tumours like Steve’s develop in order to achieve better outcomes for patients.
Hugh Adams, head of external affairs at Brain
Tumour Research, said: “This has been such a great and innovative way of fundraising and a testament to Steve that so many people have felt moved to make donations and that his colleagues have worked
so hard to make this happen.”
Text DLCC15 £3 to 70070 to donate £3 to fund vital brain tumour research or
visit the fundraising page.